Packers make the right move adding veteran cornerback

Rasul Douglas (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Rasul Douglas (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers may have missed out Stephon Gilmore, but they made the right call to bring in a veteran cornerback.

The team announced on Wednesday they have signed Rasul Douglas from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.

With Jaire Alexander injured and Kevin King having missed the previous two games, the Packers needed to do something at the cornerback position.

In Douglas, they are getting a former third-round pick with 29 career starts to his name. He even won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.

Douglas started 11 games for the Carolina Panthers last season, making nine pass defenses.

In his first two seasons with the Eagles, Douglas had a combined 16 pass defenses and five interceptions.

He now joins a Packers defense that — at least for the time being — desperately needs some help at the cornerback position.

We don’t yet know how long Alexander will be out for, but nothing was ruled out earlier in the week. If the Packers don’t have Alexander or King available in the coming weeks, rookie Eric Stokes won’t have much help next to him, with Isaac Yiadom and Shemar Jean-Charles the only other available cornerbacks on the roster, assuming Chandon Sullivan is in the slot. Promoting Kabion Ento from the practice squad is another option.

Douglas has plenty of starting experience and can get some snaps early on with the Packers. Once the secondary is back to full strength, he gives the defense better depth than they previously had at the position.

While many fans will be disappointed Green Bay didn’t trade for Gilmore, and understandably so, they’ve still made a smart move to sign Douglas from the Cardinals’ practice squad.

He can give the secondary some immediate help and strengthen the cornerback depth overall. A smart in-season move by general manager Brian Gutekunst.